Start city: Hanoi
End city: Hanoi
Duration: 15 days 14 nights
Departure: Daily, upon your request.
Destination: Hanoi and Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh, Siem Reap, Luang Prabang and Vientiane.
Wamly welcome on arrival in Suvarnabhumi International Airport, meet & greet service by our representative. Transfer from the airport to hotel by private air conditioned vehicle with English speaking guide. Check in at the hotel. The rest of the day is free on your own. Overnight in Bangkok.
Start out with a visit to the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple – Wat Phra Kaeo. Before entering the main gate to the temple of the Emerald Buddha, stop by the Royal Regalia Museum to see the beauty of decorative jewelry, which used to be ornament of the royal officers and consorts. Continue exploring Wat Pho – the Reclining Buddha temple, the oldest and biggest temple with the largest number of pagodas (95 in all) in the city well known for its huge Reclining Buddha.
Afternoon, take a long-tailed boat along the Chao Phraya River to see Thai lifestyle. Pass the Grand Palace and pay a brief visit to the Royal Barge Museum. Disembark at Wat Arun – the temple of Dawn to visit the tallest prang in Thailand. It was built in the concept of Mount Meru, the resident of God located on the center of the Universe.
After breakfast, drive to visit the most colorful of Thailand’s floating markets at Damnoen Saduak in Ratchaburi Province, about 104 km southwest of Bangkok. On the way, stop by the sea salt farms to see how sea water becomes salt. Upon arrival, take a private long tailed boat to navigate your way through the Floating Market along the canals.
This afternoon, visit the Jim Thompson House – the charming Thai style house is a not to be missed visit for the antique collector and historically minded visitors with its wide range collection of rare Asian arts and antiques such as Thai paintings, blue-white Chinaware, Sawankalok Pottery, Benjarong porcelain and Khmer statues. Jim Thompson’s disappearance in 1967 made the home become the ‘talk of the town’ and the ‘city’s most celebrated social center’.
Overnight in Bangkok.
In the morning, depart to the ancient city of Ayutthaya province – the former capital of Thailand, located 71km north of Bangkok. Take a stop at Bang Pa-In summer palace – a residence of King Rama V to see the complex that was build by King Rama V back to 100 years ago. Then continue on to Ayutthaya – the Siam Ancient City. Start with the Elephant Kraal, a spacious enclosure made of teak logs once used to capture wild elephants. Then explore the old Royal Palace compound with a start at Ayutthaya Island built in 1630 by King Prasat Thong, a replica of Angkor Wat with a huge prang surrounded by smaller ones, symbolizing Mount Meru, the residence of the heavenly gods.Then visit Wat Phra Si Sanphet – three outstanding Ceylonese style pagodas were built during the 15th century to enshrine the ashes of three Ayutthaya kings which houses a large bronze cast Buddha image was originally enshrined in the open area outside the Grand Palace and later covered by a building in the reign of king Songtham.
Then, visit Wat Yaichai Mongkol – the large pagoda built to celebrate the King’s victory of his single-handed combat on the elephant’s back during Ayutthaya capital. It is the best time to walk and talk about the last period of Ayutthaya and enjoy nice breeze and take a lot of photos before returning to Bangkok.
There are no activities planned for today. You enjoy your free time until transfer to Suvarnabhumi International Airport for your onward flight.